NASCAR Penalizes Three Sprint Cup Teams for Unapproved Windshields at Talladega

October 25, 2011 No Comments

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NASCAR issued severe penalties to three Sprint Cup teams Tuesday as a result of unapproved modifications to windshields which were confiscated Friday at Talladega Superspeedway.

Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 00 and No. 56 along with JTG Daugherty Racing’s No. 47 were the teams which inherited the penalties.

As a result of the infraction, crew chiefs Rodney Childers (No. 00), Frank Kerr (No. 47) and Chad Johnston (No. 56) have each been fined $50,000 and have been suspended from the next four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship events and suspended from NASCAR until November 23rd. Car chiefs Steve Channing (No. 00), Raymond Fox (No. 47) and Anthony Lunders (No. 56) have also been suspended from the next four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship events and suspended from NASCAR until November 23rd.

Bobby Kennedy, director of competition for Michael Waltrip Racing, has been put on probation by NASCAR until December 31st.

In addition, drivers David Reutimann (No. 00), Martin Truex Jr. (No. 56) and Bobby Labonte (No. 47) have each been penalized with the loss of 25 championship driver points. Car owners Rob Kauffman (No. 00), Tad Geschickter (No. 47), and Michael Waltrip (No. 56) have each been penalized with the loss of 25 championship owner points.

Michael Waltrip Racing released the following statement regarding the penalties:

“Michael Waltrip Racing is ultra-sensitive and very serious about working within the guidelines of NASCAR policy. We do not condone this type of activity and as such we will take appropriate internal corrective action immediately. We thank NASCAR for providing a fair and equitable platform for all of its competitors and respect its decisions; therefore, we will not appeal.”

JTG Daugherty Racing will not appeal their penalties either.

“We are very disappointed in this entire situation and we will not appeal NASCAR’s ruling,” JTG Daugherty Racing co-owner Brad Daugherty said. “We look forward to racing at Martinsville Speedway this weekend and getting ready for next season.”

While Kerr serves his penalty, chief race engineer Brian Burns will assume the role as crew chief for the No. 47 for the remainder of the season with Bob Bechstein taking over as car chief.

Pat Tryson will serve as the interim crew chief on the No. 56 team, with Allen Mincey serving as car chief. Bobby Kennedy will fill in as the interim crew chief for the No. 00 team, with Chris Hall taking over the role as car chief.

Both crew and car chiefs for MWR will return to their positions following their suspensions.

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